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The Montessori Difference

MCA's gifted curriculum ensures your child's full potential is developed. In Montessori classrooms, teachers address the needs of individual children who are learning through practice with hands-on materials at their own pace. The teacher introduces a child to materials systematically, depending on developmental needs. The Montessori classroom is designed to promote self-discipline, independence and responsibility. Academically, children develop a foundation in language and math skills, physical and cultural geography, zoology, botany, physical science, history, music, movement and art. They also learn practical life skills such as cooking, carpentry, sewing and cleaning. One of the most important aspects of a Montessori classroom is the teacher's respect for the dignity of the child, no matter how young.

Who was Dr. Maria Montessori?

Maria Montessori was the first female Doctor of Medicine in Italy in 1896. From observing young, underprivileged patients, Dr. Montessori determined that environment was a more important factor in their behavior than previously believed. She set about designing a learning materials and studying children as they used them. These materials, combined with a specially prepared environment and trained teachers, directresses, led to the Montessori Method of education we know today.

What is Montessori?

Dr. Maria Montessori recognized that the very young child goes through periods of great sensitivity in particular areas during which he learns more easily than at any time in his life. Montessori is a personalized approach in which each child, respected as an individual, discovers the joy of learning. A totally prepared environment awaits the absorbent mind of the child. Each piece of material is designed to give the child a new experience and to develop a specific concept. The directress acts as a catalyst. The prepared environment's aim is to aid the child to help himself by developing an awareness of reality as he experiences it in himself, in others and in the world around him. The child works in an atmosphere of freedom and responsibility. Different areas of interest are prepared to introduce to him the total reality - Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Geography, History, Natural Science, Social Science, Art and Music.